- Yard is defined as a measurement of length that equals 3 feet or 36 inches.
An example of a yard is the length measurement that is used to sell fabric.
- The definition of a yard is an outdoor area of a house or other building.
- An example of a yard is the lawn in front of your house; a front yard.
- An example of a yard is the area around a train repair center where trains are stored; a rail yard.
A pleasant front yard.
- a unit of length in the FPS system, equal to 3 feet or 36 inches (0.9144 meter): abbrev. yd
- a cubic yard, equal to 27 cubic feet or 46,656 cubic inches (0.7646 cubic meter)
- a slender rod or spar, tapering toward the ends, fastened at right angles across a mast to support a sail
- the transverse member of a mast on non-sailing ships: used to hold signal flags, lights, etc.
- ☆ Slang one hundred dollars or, sometimes, one thousand dollars
Origin of yardMiddle English yerde ; from Old English gierd, rod, staff, yard measure, akin to obsolete German gerte, rod ; from Indo-European an unverified form hazdho-, variant, variety of base an unverified form ghasto-, rod, pole from source Classical Latin hasta, pole, spear
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- the space or grounds surrounding or surrounded by a building or group of buildings: often in combination: churchyard, farmyard, etc.
- a plot of grass adjacent to a building, house, etc.
- a pen or other enclosure for livestock or poultry
- an enclosed place used for a particular purpose or business: a lumberyard, shipyard
- a place where wild deer, moose, etc. herd together for feeding during the winter
- a railroad center where trains are made up, serviced, switched from track to track, etc.
Origin of yardMiddle English yerd ; from Old English geard, enclosure, akin to Old Norse garthr, Old High German gart, garden ; from Indo-European an unverified form gherdh-, to enclose, surround (from source girdle, Russian górod, town) ; from base an unverified form her-, to grasp, contain
- Abbr. yd. A fundamental unit of length in both the US Customary System and the British Imperial System, equal to 3 feet, or 36 inches (0.9144 meter). See Table at measurement.
- Nautical A long tapering spar slung to a mast to support and spread the head of a square sail, lugsail, or lateen.
- Informal a. A square yard: bought 4 yards of fabric.b. A cubic yard: dug up 100 yards of soil.
Origin of yardMiddle English yerde, stick, unit of measure, from Old English gerd.
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- A tract of ground next to, surrounding, or surrounded by a building or buildings.
- a. A tract of ground, often enclosed, used for a specific business or activity.b. A baseball park.
- An area where railroad trains are made up and cars are switched, stored, and serviced on tracks and sidings.
- a. A winter pasture for deer or other grazing animals.b. An enclosed tract of ground in which animals, such as chickens or pigs, are kept.
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Origin of yardMiddle English, from Old English geard; see gher-1 in Indo-European roots.
- A small, usually uncultivated area adjoining or (now especially) within the precincts of a house or other building .
- An enclosed area designated for a specific purpose, e.g. on farms, railways etc.
- (Jamaica) One’s house or home.
(third-person singular simple present yards, present participle yarding, simple past and past participle yarded)
- To confine to a yard.
From Middle English yard, ȝerd, ȝeard, from Old English ġeard (“yard, garden, fence, enclosure, enclosed place, court, residence, dwelling, home, region, land; hedge”), from Proto-Germanic *gardaz (“enclosure, yard”) (compare Dutch gaard, obsolete German Gart, Swedish gård), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰórdʰos or *ǵʰortós, from *ǵʰer- (“to enclose”) (compare Old Irish gort (“wheat field”), Latin hortus (“garden”), Tocharian B kerccī (“palace”), Lithuanian gardas (“pen, enclosure”), Russian город (górod, “town”), Albanian gardh (“fence”), Romanian gard, Ancient Greek χόρτος (chórtos, “farmyard”), Avestan [script?] (gərədha, “dev's cave”), Sanskrit [script?] (gŗhás).
- (nautical) A long tapered timber hung on a mast to which is bent a sail, and may be further qualified as a square, lateen, or lug yard. The first is hung at right angles to the mast, the latter two hang obliquely.
- (nautical) Any spar carried aloft .
- A staff, rod or stick.
- A unit of length equal to three feet (exactly 0.9144 metres in the US and UK;).
- (US, slang) One hundred dollars.
yard - Investment & Finance Definition
In the foreign exchange market, one billion currency units.